Man Utd vs Newcastle – Preview and prediction

The Premier League champions Manchester United look to close the gap on league leaders Manchester City when they host in-form Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

United’s draw with Benfica in midweek was a disappointing result for Sir Alex Ferguson and he will bring back top scorer Wayne Rooney after missing the game through a hip injury. That injury was sustained in the 1-0 win last weekend at Swansea and although United were not at their best, they still did enough to capture all three points. Bad news for the United boss is the knee injury to Anderson, which will rule him out until February at the earliest.

Newcastle’s unbeaten record came unstuck away at Manchester City last weekend as they lost 3-1 against the league leaders. Alan Pardew’s next test is a visit across Manchester to Old Trafford, but they go there in high spirits boasting the meanest defence in the Premier League. Chieck Tiote and Leon Best should return for the Magpies after injury and former United midfielder Gabriel Obertan could return to face his former side. The Frenchman missed the defeat against City last weekend.

Despite Newcastle’s good form, they have not won at Old Trafford since February 1972. That record should not change as United will inflict the backlash of their midweek draw on the Magpies.

See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Man Utd v Newcastle

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